Sunday, August 30, 2015

Coming Exhibition: Lorraine Bubar, Pam Douglas, Anne Ramis

September 1 - 26, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 12, 5-8 pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, Sept 19, 3 pm

Lorraine Bubar, Not Home
Lorraine Bubar, Going Out, Papercut, 31x19", 2015
Lorraine Bubar uses her masterful craftsmanship to address our relationship and connection to "home" in her new body of work, Not Home. Bubar's painterly papercuts push towards a graphic direction as she explores urban settings and an ever evolving political and social landscape.

Bubar's imagery gets increasingly dense and more complex as she reflects on the congestion of urban life impinging on our choices, as well as the affliction of the loss of home that affect the human populous and other species globally.  

Bubar's multi-layers of textured, colored paper and intricate shapes create tactile surfaces that draw viewers into the imagery, to look more deeply.  She continues to make references to her painterly influences-- her love of Japanese woodblock prints and her connection to the heritage of traditional paper cutting.  These new colorful compositions are both bold and delicate in their execution and their content.

Pam Douglas, Galaxies

Pam Douglas, Juggling Galaxies, Acrylic on paper with Hubble photos, 54 x 30"
Painter Pam Douglas explores human interactions with the universe in eleven new works on watercolor and rice paper. Galaxies features graceful figures and even a playful Buddha creating tangible connections with the stars. Departing from her larger mixed media abstractions of the past few years that used earthy textures and probed earthly elements, this exhibition combines mixed media with photos taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Galaxies is not meant to be a meditation solely on celestial life — people can relate to what these figures are doing: women serve pastries made of spiraling stars; a girl dips her fingers in a galaxy pond; and a grinning Buddha juggles galaxy balls. The images can be interpreted as fun, but they are also intended as provocative, as subtle comments on humanity’s desire to make our connection to the universe more immediate and understandable. 

Anne Ramis, Contexting
Anne Ramis, Dance Moves, Mixed media, 23 x 29"
Anne Ramis’ new body of work, Contexting, is a landscape of abstract collages that find the viewer darting in and out of drawn dream-like connections, juxtaposing images that can show the viewer something unexpected. Ramis’ textured landscapes, reminiscent of Dadaist collage; combine the everyday found object with Ramis’ own unique colorscapes and forms.

This exhibition aims to transfer powerful and personal imagery onto paper that jumble and warp into a new reality--a surreal terrain that acts as a form of personal topography for Ramis.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Spectrum: Honey [Guest Post by Anne M Bray]

I have been writing the TAG Blog for two years now. Today, I'm writing not as TAG, but as myself, in the first of what we hope will be a variety of guest posts from the TAG artists. 

I write way too many blogs (and at way too little frequency). The one that commands most of my attention is my Fashion blog, SpyGirl. I am on my third year of a weekly link-up party. What's a link-up party, you ask? It's a social sharing thing -- the idea is for other people on social media to link up blog posts or imagery from Instagram or Facebook (or even websites!). I thought it would be a fun experiment to do that here. Every week will have a theme, and the theme will be the name of a color.

This week's color is HONEY.

What do you see when you think of the color honey? Snap a photo, put it on social media, link it up!
Do you have a honey-colored piece of art to share? Link it!

ANYONE CAN LINK! Time to treasure hunt for HONEY! GO!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

TAG California Open Selections, Painting p3

Enjoy some selections from the 2015 TAG California Open Exhibition, which runs through August 28, 2015.
The Artists' Reception and Awards Ceremony is Saturday, August 15, 5 - 8 pm 
Harry Gundersen, Brooding From There, Acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 43 x 30", 2014
Jason John, Carrier, Oil on canvas,  42 x 32", 2014
Ronald Ownbey, Strata Crumple, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20", 2013
Olga Ponomarenko, Shannon, Romantic Punk after Botticelli, Oil on canvas, 18 x 14", 2010
Mariana Peirano Royuela, Canvas Despair, Oil, 30 x 40", 2013
Bonese Turner, Cocoon #3, Water media and collage, 18 x 18", 2015
Gail Werner, Clam Shell Wash, Oil and pencil on wood panel, 36 x 24", 2014